NFL Week 9 Preview, Predictions: Saints at Jets Analysis

marquee_matchups_2013_wk9_no_vs_nyjAt Sports Unbiased we believe in information. We also believe there is no such thing as too much information. With that in mind, we give you at least six collaborative articles per week that will prepare you for the next weeks NFL matchups. The first knowledge grab of the week are the weekly NFL writers picks which is up early each week. Then you can find an in-depth analysis of the week’s marquee matchups in a series we call the 2013 NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis which is now a series of five articles that cover the marquee games of the week and Monday Night Football.These articles will prepare you in time for your office pools or any other venture you might consider.

As part of the NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis series we present the clash between the New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets. This is a 1:00 PM EST game that will be played at Metlife Stadium as the 4-4 New York Jets host the 6-1 New Orleans Saints. Here are the Vegas odds for the game and what the Sports Unbiased In-Depth Analysis Team believes will occur this Sunday. The writers taking part are: Josh Madas, Mike Santangelo, “Coach” Mike Fabber, John Yeomans, and Chris Pagliuca.

Vegas Odds (Spread and Over-Under): New Orleans minus 6, 45 1/2 u


Chris’ Pick: At the mid-way point of the season the 4-4 Jets are a much better team than expected, however, they’re still a team that’s building. While they do have a lot of potential, they are still just average at the moment. The Jets have recently been struggling against the pass, which was made very evident in their week eight 49-9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. On the other hand, the Saints are one of the best teams in the NFL and have one of the strongest passing games. While the Jets may be able to put up more points on the Saints defense than they did the Bengals, the Saints will have no problem putting up 30 plus points. Saints- 38 Jets- 20

John’s Pick: This will be the fourth time the Ryans brother’s face off against each with Rex claiming the bragging right s every time so far (4-0). It’s going to be tough for Rex to keep the streak going against his brother Rob who now is the defensive coordinator for the Saints that boost the 3rd best passing offense in the league, with Drew Brees under center. One thing going for Rex and his Jets is so far this season they win one then lose one, and going by this formality it’s their week to win. However, while Jets defense is playing well, especially against the rush, they still are giving up 26.4 points a game. This doesn’t bode well with Brees and his passing offense coming to town who are already used to playing without a running game (Saints ranked 25th in rush offense). Something else that will determine the outcome of the game is the Saints defense, that knows how to bring the heat (24 sacks) while also stealing the ball well (nine interceptions). This should give rookie quarterback Geno Smith who already makes mistakes (16 turnovers) issues Sunday. The Jets defense might give Brees fits with their pass rush (25 sacks), still “Cool Brees” will do enough to help Rob Ryan win the bragging rights in the Ryan Bowl. Saints 28 Jets 17

Coach’s Picks: The New York Jets just gave up 325 yards to Andy Dalton, so you can imagine what Drew Brees can do to this secondary if they don’t fix their ways now. The Jets offense could not get going either scoring only 9 points last week. This could be another real ugly game as the Ryan brothers face off yet again. The Saints are hot on both sides of the ball and are starting to click on all cylinders. This is really bad for a Jets team clinging on to hope. The Saints offense alone will be too much for them, Saints 24 to 13.

Josh’s Pick: I admit, the Jets are a lot better than what I thought they would be. Geno Smith is progressing quickly and has emerged has the obvious starter for New York. However, the Saints are just too strong of a team to allow a young squad to come in and beat them. Drew Breese has quietly put together a great season and has virtually formed an unstoppable offense.

If the Jets want to have a chance to win this game, they will have to develop an answer for Jimmy Graham. Even with the injury, Graham was able to score twice last week. Both scores coming against a strong Buffalo defense that had only allowed one touchdown to opposing tight ends all season. Graham is a monster and if healthy, will be New York’s biggest problem this weekend.

The Jets have been impressive, but the Saints are just too good. Even though I think this game will be closer than suggested, I am picking the Saints to win. Final Score: New Orleans 31 – New York 21

Mike’s Pick: One team boasts one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league right now, along with an improved defense, and the best TE in the game. The other team just got absolutely destroyed by the Bengals in a game where they couldn’t even score a touchdown and their defense, that had been so good all year, couldn’t stop a WR from getting 4 touchdowns on the day. While Geno Smith seemed to be a contender for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, that last game may have derailed that for him. We’ll see if he can brush aside the poor performance and move forward or not. Even if he does, it won’t be enough this week. Final Score: Saints 37 – Jets 17




There it is, Sports Unbiased has broken down a marquee game in week nine of the NFL season. We have given you analysis, we have given you the odds and we even gave you the possible final score. Trust all the writers, trust a couple of the writers or just trust one. Find you favorites and come back for other editions of the Sports Unbiased marquee matchups. Now go forth and win your office pool, enjoy the game even have some fun on the morning line. Good luck and happy picking. See you next week.

Note: All odds courtesy of Vegas Insider Consensus